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WHY DO YOU LIKE TO TEACH/TRAIN?
I enjoy every aspect of my work- the main reasons why I enjoy teaching and training is because it's very rewarding. Watching someone improve because of my input is very satisfying. I especially enjoy taking on 'difficult' horses, when someone has said 'that horse will never make anything', or 'that horse is crazy' I like to have a crack at giving the horse a chance. Also, the horses are my best friends, I love every one of them, the road to success is very fun and I build a great partnership with each and every one of them.
WHO GOT YOU STARTED IN EVENTING, WHO SPARKED YOUR INTEREST?
Tuffy Tilley, my event trainer in England. I fox hunted as a child and have always enjoyed high risk activities so naturally eventing was a path I had wanted to take from a young age.
IF YOU COULD DO ANYTHING ELSE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Gosh, now that's a question!! I always saw myself as my own boss, I'm not good at answering to others, but am always willing to listen to what people have to say. I have a degree in Physical Education but never wanted to teach in a school, because when teaching in a school the kids are more so forced in taking the class rather than wanting to be there. The kids and adults that I teach in eventing have the want to learn and further themselves within the sport.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SKILL OR ACCOMPLISHEMENT?
Riding at the Advanced level with my mare Whoops a Daisy, who I produced myself from nothing. A horse, every one including my trainer at the time said would never go that far.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST HARDSHIP FOR YOU?
Injury to the horses. At the end of the day they are athletes and to produce an upper level event horse is a long road. It takes at least 5 years to get an event horse up to top level and thats only if everything goes smoothly. It's a tough road to get there and even harder to stay there.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF EVENTING?
Definitly the cross country, it's an amazing feeling. Just you and your horse out in the country. It's a great partnership and involves huge trust between horse and rider.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU HAVE MADE?
Asking too much of a young horse which resulted in me braking my pelvis. One thing though is I am proud of myself for being able to admit to mistakes that I have made. Unfortunately, the only way to learn is through mistakes you or others have made and the biggest step in learning from mistakes is recognizing that they were mistakes and not a "coincidence".
IF YOU COULD DO ANYTHING OVER WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Never regret the decisions you make, life is a big learning curve, I am a big believer in everything happens for a reason.
WHO/WHAT IS YOU BIGGEST OBSTACLE?
Financial would be my biggest obstacle. Horses are very expensive, you can never have enough financial backing.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL?
I wouldn't say I have a specific role model, but anyone who rides at the upper levels I have total respect for.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN UPCOMING STUDENT?
It's not as easy as it looks! You need to be 100% dedicated to be successful at this sport, enjoy the highs and deal with the lows. You have to be a tough cookie, physically and emotionally.
HAS THE ECONONMY EFFECTED WHAT YOU DO?
Yes and no. Now that diesel prices have gone down it makes things a little easier! I guess, people are being more careful with their money.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO COME TO THE STATES?
My Husband Peter. I was at a turning point in my life and this opportunity came along, so I thought why not. I'm very philosophical, if it hadn't have worked out I could have just gone back to England and seen it as a life experience. Luckily it did and I love my life here in the states!
WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TRAINERS?
I'm English! Not really...What truely makes me different from other trainers is that I'm very passionate about what I do and I think people find that attractive. I never say never, because I believe if you work hard enough you will reach your goals. You make your own luck!
WHAT ADVICE WAS GIVEN TO YOU WHEN YOU CHOSE THIS CAREER?
Anyone who knows me knew I was always going to be involved with horses. The best advice I have ever been given (at the time I didn't agree with it, but I totally do now) is to get an education. You always need something to fall back you never know what the future will hold!
WHAT DID OTHERS THINK ABOUT YOUR CHOICE OF CAREER?
They were not surprised and most were very supportive, others think it's a crazy sport and very dangerous. Anyone who cares about you will support whatever path you want to take. I do my passion as my job-It doesn't get much better than that!